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San Diego State freshman Lamont Butler, the hero behind last week's buzzer-beating shot that helped the Aztecs defeat Colorado State in the Mountain West Championship, is no stranger to success.
Butler, who hails from nearby National City, California, has been a steady presence on the court since his days in high school. He was a four-year starter at Sweetwater High School, leading the Red Devils to two CIF championships.
Butler's success on the court is a testament to the support and guidance of his family. Butler's father, Ronald, was a star basketball player at Sweetwater and taught his son the fundamentals of the game. His mother, Carla, was the team's biggest fan, cheering him on from the stands.
Butler has also leaned on his older brother, Derrick, who was his teammate in high school and is now a senior at San Diego State. Derrick has helped Lamont adjust to life as a student athlete and has been a source of encouragement as he navigates a new level of competition.
The Butlers have been a constant presence in the stands for both of Lamont's college games. They were there for the Mountain West Championship, and they plan to be there again when the Aztecs compete in the NCAA Tournament.
And it's no surprise that the Butlers are proud of Lamont's accomplishments. After all, they've been with him every step of the way. Lamont's winning shot was a reminder of the dedication and hard work that has brought him to this point.
Butler's family has been a major source of motivation throughout his basketball career, and their support has been a major factor in his success. Lamont's winning shot has only added to the pride they feel for him and his accomplishments. With the NCAA Tournament just around the corner, Lamont is poised to continue his success, buoyed by the love and support of his family every step of the way.